Ulysse Nardin updates its nautically inspired lineup with a dive watch offered in four new versions, two of which are specially marked limited editions. The new Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronometer features a pared down dial, crown, buckle and bezel design within the watchmaker’s existing 300-meter Diver collection while retaining its dive specs and chronometer rating.
With a 44mm titanium case, the new Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronometer is lighter than earlier gold or steel-cased Ulysse Nardin dive watches. But these are also lighter visually, with the wave dial pattern replaced by a flat black or blue color, solid rather than skeleton hands, fewer numbers on the bezel and a basic crown flanked by less obtrusive rubber protectors rather than the steel or gold of previous models. The concave, unidirectional bezel also appears thinner due to a change from serrated grips along its outer edge to a simpler notched design.
The collection’s streamlining also includes the rubber and titanium strap, which Ulysse Nardin has reworked by replacing the deployant clasp with a pin buckle and with just one Ulysse Nardin signature link, just below the case, rather than two used previously.
In addition to the two ongoing blue and black versions, the lineup also includes a Diver Great White and a Monaco Limited Edition, each with its own insignia.
The Diver Great White, 300-piece limited edition with a great white shark stamped on the case back and strap link, is the only model here with a solid caseback. The gold-bezel Monaco Limited Edition features an image of the Monegasque flag at 12 o’clock as well as ‘Monaco’ on the back, painted onto the rotor. Its calendar disk features red numbers 26, 27, 29 and 29 that reference the September dates of the 2018 Monaco Yacht Show.
Inside each new Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronometer is the company’s in-house UN-118 movement with its anti-magnetic silicon balance spring and a healthy sixty hours of power reserve. Prices: $7,900 (Blue and black dials), $8,900 (Diver Great White) and $12,000 (Monaco Limited Edition)
Just a few weeks prior to unveiling the new Diver Chronometer, Ulysse Nardin also launched the Marine Torpilleur Military Semper Fortis, a special version of its Marine Torpilleur nautical watch.
That watch, which we initially noted in our newsletter, also features the caliber UN-118 automatic movement now found in the new Diver Chronometer models. The new watch pays tribute to the story of Ulysse Nardin’s early 20th century partnership supplying marine deck chronometers to the U.S. Navy.
Based on early Ulysse Nardin chronometer designs, this modern iteration echoes those original watches with a polished 44mm steel case, large crown, Roman numerals, and a large-sized small seconds dial. The number “24” is written in red on the power reserve indicator, a direct reference to the warning system on the original marine chronometers that let sailors know that only 24 hours of power reserve remained. The open case back is laser-engraved with “US Limited Edition” and “Semper Fortis.” A limited edition of 173 pieces (for the 173 years since Ulysse Nardin founded the company), its price is $7,900.
SPECIFICATIONS : Ulysse Nardin Diver Chronometer
Titanium, blue dial: 1183-170-3/93
Titanium, black dial: 1183-170-3/92
Great White Limited Edition: 1183-170LE-3/90-GW
Monaco Limited Edition: 1185-170LE-3/BLACK-MON
Movement: UN-118 automatic with hours, minutes and small seconds, date, power reserve, power reserve of 60 hours
Dial: Dial Blue, black or grey
Case: 44mm titanium with inverted concave unidirectional rotating bezel, 300-meter water resistance, sapphire case back (except Great White)
Strap: Rubber and pin buckle
SPECIFICATIONS: Ulysse Nardin Marine Torpilleur Military Semper Fortis
Movement: Caliber UN-118 with Silicon technology, COSC-rated, 60-hour of power reserve
Dial: While with blue hands, power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock, 24 in red, small direct seconds at 6 o’clock, forward and backward date corrector
Case: 44mm steel polished & satin-finish and fluted, screw-down crown, 50-meters water resistance, open case-back with sapphire crystal
Strap: Sailcloth blue with four oversized white stitches